Healthy Lives Families Update - Free TH mental health training, vaccine webinar & Q&A for residents, Bromley by Bow Centre festival and get fit

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The Healthy Lives Team Families update contains helpful information and activities for your whole school community


This is the FAMILIES newsletter from The Healthy Lives Team. Each Friday we share relevant information, activities and resources to support your ongoing health and wellbeing.

The HEALTHY LIVES TEAM supports schools, pupils and families with everything to do with health and wellbeing. We want to help you to live fitter, healthier and happier lives.

We now have a Healthy Lives Team webpage where you can find out more about the team and access Healthy Schools resources and all our archived newsletters.


Free mental health sessions for Tower Hamlets' school staff and parents

Tower Hamlets Council are continuing to deliver mental health and wellbeing sessions for parents and school staff as part of our Wellbeing for Education programme. The programme aims to support mental wellbeing and resilience and aid mental health recovery for school staff, pupils, parents and carers’, in light of the impact of Covid-19 and lockdown.

To book a place on any of the sessions, please email with the name of the session(s) you would like to attend, your name, role, organisation (if applicable) and contact details.

Please note places are limited and will be booked on a first come first served basis.


Taking care of your wellbeing during Covid-19

Friday 12th February - 12am - 1pm - (school staff only)

This staff wellbeing session is open to all schools, nurseries, colleges, and alternative provisions in LBTH.  It is open to staff working at all levels in their organisation. At a time when you are working hard to keep Tower Hamlets children in education, we hope you can take this time for yourself. We encourage you to bring a cuppa and biscuits. 


Responding to bereavement in the school community

Wednesday 24th February - 2 - 3pm - (school staff only)

Wednesday 17th March - 2 - 3pm - (school staff only)

A session for school senior and/or pastoral leaders to support them in thinking about how to respond to a death in the school community.


Supporting children who are anxious to return to school

Wednesday 10th March - 2 - 3pm - (parents and school staff)

A session for parents and school staff who support children who are expressing worries about returning to school post-lockdown.


Teen Sleep

Wednesday 17th February (half term)  - 12 - 1pm - (parents only)

A short webinar for parents followed by a Q&A, exploring the importance of sleep in the teenage years, and how to support young people with good sleep hygiene.


Responding to worries and fears: Covid and beyond

Wednesday 17th February (Half term) - 2 - 3pm - (parents only)

Short webinar for parents of primary and secondary age children followed by a Q&A session.  We will share practical strategies for responding to the concerns and worries of children and young people.


Supporting home learning during lockdown and beyond: Secondary

Monday 1st March - 11am - 12pm - (parents only) - SECONDARY

Monday 8th March - 2pm - 3pm - (parents only) - PRIMARY

A short webinar for parents, followed by a Q&A session. We will explore the current challenges of home learning, what children and young people are gaining, what they are missing, and share some practical strategies for how to support them at home.


Let’s play! The importance of play across the age range

Wednesday 3rd March - 2 – 3pm - (parents only)

Play! What is it good for?! Well, lots of things actually! Parents, join us for a short webinar followed by a Q&A. We will explore ways to bring playfulness back into your life during lockdown, and explore why it’s so important.


Vaccine webinar and Q&A for residents

The council is hosting a virtual webinar event on Wednesday 17 February (7pm to 8pm), where residents will be given the opportunity to ask the mayor and local health experts questions about the Covid-19 vaccine.

The online event will give an overview of Covid-19, the current picture and the vaccine programme and aim to inform and address any concerns that residents may have.

You can register for the event online and submit your questions in advance. All questions submitted will be published after the event.

This webinar is the first in a planned series on the Covid-19 vaccine. Webinars to follow will be tailored events to meet the needs of our communities in Tower Hamlets, including an event for our Somali community and Bengali community.

Register here >

Act early

Family Islands of Adventure Festival

On Friday 19th February at 2pm the Bromley by Bow Centre will be hosting a festival of activities for adults and children on what makes the best start in life for children. This is something they have been exploring with local parents and children for the last year.

During the festival, they want as many people as possible who both live and work in Tower Hamlets to write recommendations, decide on next steps, and take practical action. They will do this through exploring our "Islands of Adventure" for play, environment and connection. Children are also welcome!

Please register your details and you will receive a "Message in a bottle" activity pack to join in. 

Register here >

Get fit

Get active from home with this free nine-week home fitness plan for beginners

Our Parks is a community fitness group who have created a home fitness plan involving three video sessions a week, with rest days in between. Each video class is hosted by three different coaches, all working at different energy levels.

Now you can get active from your own home. Bit by bit, you’ll feel fitter. It’s amazing what a difference it can make!

 Get fit >

And remember...


“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

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The Healthy Lives Team

The Healthy Lives Team want to support you with all aspects of health and wellbeing. We will be sending you regular newsletters that will be relevant whether you are at school, work, or at home.

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We are incredibly proud in Tower Hamlets to have supported schools to gain more Healthy Schools awards than any other borough in London. So please use this newsletter in whatever way suits you best to stay as fit and healthy as possible.

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Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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